Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shifting the Shekels

The Bible as a whole is pretty rough on rich people. That's hard for Americans to hear because we live in a time and place of insane riches. It is said that the table wine at the Palace of Versailles often froze in the glasses. By contrast, we can change the temperature in the bedroom with a smartphone without leaving the couch.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Shifting the Shekels by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In My Opinion

Here's something to trouble yourself with. Has our American commitment to the freedom of worship operated on our minds in such a way that the religious faith of millions of people is now viewed as "just a matter of personal opinion"? Have we become people who say "The Lord can do no good, and will do no harm"? Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, In My Opinion by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nonsense!

People of a religious turn of mind often speak of "the ways of the world" by which, I have noticed, they often mean "things other people do". That won't do. It won't do at all. What we call "the ways of the world" are also known as a "worldview", and my 18 month old grand daughter is learning the worldview of the society into which she was born. She has to, if she is to communicate and live with people who surround her, but she also needs to be sceptical of the things her worldview teaches her, because there is much nonsense in it. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Nonsense! by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text and find out what the Massachusetts Bay Colony's greatest and most damaging contribution to the American worldview was.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Echo Chamber

Anyone with a passing familiarity with Facebook and the other social media sites is aware that we tend to pick sites that agree with what we want to believe, and to exclude voices that disagree. That's human nature for you. We are most comfortable living in an echo chamber that affirms than we are living with a demand to transform.  Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Echo Chamber by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Measuring the Messiah

Today is Reformation Sunday, the day we remember Martin Luther's act of nailing his 95 theses to the church door, kicking off the Protestant Reformation. The church, as it sails through history, tends to accumulate accretions from the culture through which it sails, and when it does, it gets less responsive to the will of God. At times like this, someone has to come along and scrape the barnacles off its bottom. The question is: if Jesus returned to us now with a word of correction, would we know Him?
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Measuring the Messiah by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text. Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Coin of the Realm

If God chose to speak to the whole world through a 17 year old Muslim girl, would you listen? What are your ideas about the solution to the violence in the Middle East? What do you imagine God's solutions would entail? Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Coin of the Realm by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Strong Leader, Wrong Leader

The fear of the Lord is a phrase that has passed its prime. We don't think that way much any more, but maybe we should. Our world is filled with churches offering the oddest sorts of theologies! The church leader is the one caught in the middle when the church wants one thing and the congregation would much prefer a more comfortable interpretation. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Strong Leader, Wrong Leader by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.